TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – It was a packed courtroom inside the Rensselaer County Courthouse on Thursday. Testimony is underway in the trial against a man accused of killing an 11-year-old boy from Troy. Prosecutors say Ayshawn Davis was an innocent victim of a drive by shooting on September 13th, 2020. 22-year-old Jahquay Brown was charged with second-degree murder.
The court was filled with family and friends of the Ayshawn Davis. NEWS10 was the only camera in the courtroom to capture opening statements, which only lasted about 13 minutes.
During open statements, prosecution claims on the day of the fatal shooting, the defendant, Jahquay Brown, was behind the wheel of a blue Honda Accord, the vehicle part of the shooting. Matthew Hauf, Chief Assistant DA For Rensselaer County, says the evidence will show that Brown knowingly took part in the reckless misconduct that caused the death of Lansingburgh boy Ayshawn Davis.
Hauf says Troy Police found the same handgun that was used in this shooting in the defendant’s Cohoes residence. They located the weapon in a backpack inside his bedroom. Speaking directly to the jury, Hauf says, “You will learn that DNA analysis was conducted on that handgun. While there were several people associated with the sample we recovered, from the swabs taken from that 40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun the main contributor on multiple parts of that weapon were in fact the defendant.”
Defense Attorney Robert Molloy spoke to the jurors right after prosecution. He tells the jury to keep emotions to the side, as there will be graphic evidence shown. Defense claims there is no proof that his client, Jaquay Brown, was the one who pulled the trigger. Molloy says two people were involved but no one else has been charged with Ayshwan’s murder.
“You’ll see a lot of proof, but there’s a big hole and the hole is– there is no proof that this uncharged, unnamed shooter and Jaquay Brown were of one mind,” said Molloy.
12 witnesses are expected to take the stand during trial. The first witness was Troy Police Officer Thomas Bass. Bass is a evidence technician with the Troy Police Department. Prosecution showed evidence on the TV screen to jurors including photos of the scene, and several shell casings.